Saudi Arabia intercepts ballistic missile near Riyadh

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Passengers at the airport, which British Airways flies direct to from the United Kingdom, said they heard an explosion.

A Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 in a bid to oust Houthi rebels allied with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh after they overran the capital Sana'a and large swaths of the country.

It was shot down by Saudi air defence forces, with fragments of the missile landing in an uninhabited area north of the capital. The missile was allegedly aimed at the King Khalid International Airport.

"The rocket landed on the airport campus and did not cause any significant damage".

A ballistic missile launched from Yemen was intercepted northeast of Saudi Arabia's capital, Riyadh, according to local media.


Al Jazeera could not independently verify the reports.

Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed they had fired the long-range missile, targeting the King Khaled airport, the Houthis' Al-Masirah television said. For the Houthi rebels to have fired a missile that far and that accurately, is a bit of a game changer.

The missile was sacked across Saudi Arabia's southern border by Yemen's Houthi rebels, who are at war with the kingdom.

At least 40 Houthi rebels were killed in clashes with government forces in the southwestern province of Taiz, the Yemeni army said Saturday.

The attack, which struck the Sahar district of the vast territory that borders Saudi Arabia, demolished the budget hotel and reduced market stalls outside to a heap of twisted sheet metal.

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